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(1960). Revista De Psiconanálisis. XVI, 1959: A Contribution to the Understanding of the Secret Societies. Mauricio Abadi. Pp. 213-225.. Psychoanal Q., 29:601.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revista De Psiconanálisis. XVI, 1959: A Contribution to the Understanding of the Secret Societies. Mauricio Abadi. Pp. 213-225.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:601

Revista De Psiconanálisis. XVI, 1959: A Contribution to the Understanding of the Secret Societies. Mauricio Abadi. Pp. 213-225.

Any secret group represents a successful or unsuccessful attempt to handle unconscious fantasies with certain specific characteristics. It uses collective phenomena, eventually becoming strict, autocratic, reactionary, with other superego aspects being predominant; it requires great masochistic surrender from its members, and tends to dissociate and therefore project all that is bad. It also forms some sort of a 'crust' or isolation as a means of defense. It has the elements of the 'hero figure', as well as certain magic and omnipotent gratification by its creation. According to the author it is also helpful in denying the trauma involved in the primal scene as there is a change in role by penetration of the 'womb' (society).

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(1960). Revista De Psiconanálisis. XVI, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:601

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